Pair of Chinese yoke back elm armchairs
A pair of late 19th century Chinese yoke back elm armchairs of good patina - ADDITIONAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:
These chairs are one of the earliest chair designs recorded in China.
They contrast solid structures with open spaces that give a sculpted quality which is very common in Chinese furniture.
The high back design symbolises wealth & grandeur to both the owner and any person invited to sit in them.
They have a top rail called a protruding crest rail with a central back splat with a pierced design of a Fu character.
The back splat is curved in shape, following the natural curve of the human spine with a neck rest at the top.
The arms are rounded and this shape helps to emphasise the size and also the openness of the chair.
There is a decorative apron under the seat leading down to the footrest.
The seats are of solid elm and have a good patina (colour).
These chairs are in very good condition, are of stable construction and go straight into a home.
Height: 45.5'' / 115.5cm
Width: 26.5'' / 67.25cm
Depth: 22'' / 56cm